Libby Ahlers looks to dribble around a Pinckneyville defender during the second half of the Hornettes 42-14 win over the Lady Panthers.
By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Hornettes defense was stifling as the Hornettes shut down Pinckneyville for a 42-14 win. The Hornettes moved to 9-2 on the season, and hold a 4-0 record in conference play. Nashville moves on to play in the Mascoutah Girls Invitational Basketball Tournament. The Tournament gets underway on December 27. The Hornettes begin the tournament with a matchup against Althoff at 5:30 p.m.
After falling behind 2-0, the Hornettes scored nine of the final 11 points of the quarter to take a 9-4 lead into the second. In the second, the Hornettes defense took over. Nashville held the Lady Panthers scoreless in the frame, while scoring 12 points themselves to take a commanding 21-4 lead at the break. After the game, Hornettes coach Doug Althoff praised his team’s performance in the second quarter. “I can’t ask for anything better than that. That’s about as good as it gets. I made the comment, I don’t think we can play any better than we did that quarter. There was just no where for them to go. Every shot was contested, and when they did shoot, we got the rebound. We converted on the other end, and that pleased me too.”
After half, Nashville continued the onslaught. The Hornettes outscored Pinckneyville 9-4 in the third, to take a 30-8 lead with one quarter to play. In the fourth, the Hornettes were in cruise control as Nashville defeated the Lady Panthers 42-14.
The Hornettes got a balanced effort offensively with three players in double figures, something Althoff said he prefers. “I’ll take that every night if you ask me. I’d rather have that than anyone doing all of the scoring. It’s much harder to guard you when you have four or five kids that are putting it in the hole.”
Nashville was led by Libby Ahlers with twelve points in the win. Karly Stanowski added ten points and pulled down twelve rebounds in the game. Paige Kasten also was in double figures with 10 points, as she connected twice from behind the arc. Rachael Kell also connected twice from behind the line and finished with six points in the win. Sophie Heck and Emily Stern each had two points for Nashville.
The Hornettes are now 9-2 on the season, with a 4-0 record in conference play. After the game, Althoff talked about the team’s record as they head into Christmas Break. “If you told me at the start of the year we would be 9-2 going into the Mascoutah Tournament, I would have took it without a doubt, because we have played some tough games. We lost to Okawville twice, and they are a very good quality team. We did beat some pretty good teams too. Our tournament was pretty tough. It is what it is, and you just try to go in every night and prepare for the next game. We don’t try to look ahead or nothing. Now we’re getting ready for Althoff.”